On Sunday night, cops caught more than 200 people eating, drinking alcohol, and gambling inside a New Jersey warehouse amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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Turning a warehouse into a pop-up bar and casino is not the way to stay off the authorities radar in the midst of COVID-19. But that's what happened on Libella Court in Newark last night.

Cops raided the warehouse party around midnight. They arrived to find a makeshift bar, according to Patch.com, for which no one on the premises had a permit to establish.

26-year-old Denisse Tinizaray and 28-year-old Katherine Tinizaray were both arrested and now face charges of maintaining an illegal alcohol establishment, illegal possession of alcohol and illegal sale of alcohol.

The party happened during a time when New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy requested families limit their gatherings over the holidays or not get together at all with COVID-19 still an ever-present and growing threat to our health and safety.

On Monday, Murphy again pressed for Garden State residents to be vigilant in maintaining social distancing and limiting celebrations on New Year's Eve.

IMPORTANT: This New Year’s Eve, we urge you to keep to a small gathering of only your immediate household.

We have a...

Posted by Governor Phil Murphy on Monday, December 28, 2020

On his official Facebook page, Governor Murphy posted that just today more than 2,700 new COVID positive cases have been reported in New Jersey.

NEW: We’re reporting 2,745 new positive #COVID19 cases, bringing us to a total of 463,965.

The percent positivity for...

Posted by Governor Phil Murphy on Monday, December 28, 2020

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